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1559 - 1626

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Nurhaci (14 May 1559 – 30 September 1626), also known by his temple name as the Emperor Taizu of Qing (Chinese: 清太祖), was a Jurchen chieftain who rose to prominence in the late 16th century in Manchuria. A member of the House of Aisin-Gioro, he reigned as the founding khan of the Later Jin dynasty of China from 1616 to 1626. Nurhaci reorganized and united various Jurchen tribes (the later "Manchu"), consolidated the Eight Banners military system, and eventually launched attacks on both the Ming and Joseon dynasties. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nurhaci has received more than 907,298 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Nurhaci is the 622nd most popular politician (down from 615th in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from China (up from 46th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Chinese Politician.

Nurhaci is most famous for uniting the Mongol tribes and unifying China.

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Among politicians, Nurhaci ranks 622 out of 15,577Before him are Charles the Simple, Khufu, Juliana of the Netherlands, Amenhotep I, Chandragupta Maurya, and Catiline. After him are Elena Ceaușescu, George I of Greece, Umar II, Gustaf V of Sweden, Sennacherib, and Sargon II.

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Among people born in 1559, Nurhaci ranks 1After him are Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, Albert VII, Archduke of Austria, Ishida Mitsunari, Catherine de Bourbon, Lawrence of Brindisi, Isaac Casaubon, Ōtani Yoshitsugu, Cigoli, Philip II, Margrave of Baden-Baden, and George Chapman. Among people deceased in 1626, Nurhaci ranks 2Before him is Francis Bacon. After him are Willebrord Snellius, John Dowland, William V, Duke of Bavaria, Ernst von Mansfeld, Isabella of Savoy, Adriaen de Vries, Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Christian the Younger of Brunswick, Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, and Pietro Cataldi.

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In China

Among people born in China, Nurhaci ranks 42 out of 1,392Before him are Jiang Zemin (1926), Zhou Enlai (1898), Toshiro Mifune (1920), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), and Yongzheng Emperor (1678). After him are Mozi (-470), Charles K. Kao (1933), Hong Taiji (1592), Lu Xun (1881), Yuan Shikai (1859), and Zhu Xi (1130).


Among politicians born in China, Nurhaci ranks 23Before him are Hongwu Emperor (1328), Jiang Zemin (1926), Zhou Enlai (1898), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), and Yongzheng Emperor (1678). After him are Hong Taiji (1592), Yuan Shikai (1859), Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Sun Quan (182), Liu Shaoqi (1898), and Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566).